Day: 17 September 2004
UK business briefs: Contamination confusion, Renewables funding, Welsh supplier, Oil leak fines, Heating schemes, Toxic lettuce, Greener shipyards
A major legal ruling threatens to throw Scotland and the rest of the UK's contaminated land strategy into doubt, according to a report released in Scotland this week. It states that the European Court of Justice suggests all forms of contaminated soil should now be officially classified as waste. While the ruling should ensure that contaminated land is properly cleaned up, it puts in doubt some of the practices currently applied. Scotland has an estimated 3,580 hectares of contaminated land and projects involving any of these sites might be affected.
European business briefs: Iraqi pollution concerns, Irish parks, Iran nuclear power, Growing energy demand, Spanish oil slick
The UN announced this week that Iraqi scientists will assess pollution ranging from oil spills to scrap metal from destroyed military vehicles in an effort to tackle environmental damage in the war-ravaged country. Environmentalists have been struggling to draw attention to damage caused during last year's US-led invasion, the 1991 Gulf War and waste discharged by industry struggling with years of sanctions. A pilot scheme starting next month will test samples from five of the 300 locations in Iraq considered to be contaminated by various pollutants, including a sulphur mine and a seed store containing toxic fungicide.
International business briefs: Angola opens up, Exxon fined, EPA commendations, Hong Kong pollution, Australian wind concerns, Mexico and Australia in energy deal
Angola has become more open about how it uses its oil and mining revenues, and has made progress in talks with the IMF which are crucial to unblocking bilateral aid, according to Callisto Madavo, World Bank vice president for Africa while he was in Johannesburg for an African investment conference this week. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are helping Angola to shed light on revenues into the country, where a 27-year civil war ended in 2002. Angolan deputy prime minister Aguinaldo Jaime said last week that high oil prices had swollen state coffers by US$275 million in the first half of 2004.
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